50 Leading British Ghanaians

50 Leading British Ghanaians

50 Leading British Ghanaians announced as Ghana celebrates 50th anniversary of independence

Fifty Years ago today Ghana became the first country in Sub Saharan Africa to gain independence from colonial rule. This landmark anniversary will see the launch of Ghana 50 UK – a season of Ghanaian arts, culture and sport, and is a unique opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the British Ghanaian community.

From athletes and academics to musicians and politicians, British Ghanaians have proved successful in a range of fields. Influential figures in media and entertainment include June Sarpong OBE, hip-hop stars Sway and Dizzee Rascal and author Paul Boakye alongside outstanding sportsmen Michael Essien and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Figures currently taking the arts and business world by storm include architects David Adjaye and Elsie Owusu and writer and director Ekow Eshun not to mention diplomat Paul Boateng, designer Helen Teague and MOBO founder Kanya King. To celebrate their achievement, and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Ghana’s independence, a landmark publication ‘Ghana Who’s Who’ will be released, highlighting the accomplishments of British Ghanaians. Published by What’s on Ghana, the list appears below.

Ghana 50 UK will bring together photography, film, theatre, music and literature, sport, fashion and food, and launches with a photographic exhibition to be held at City Hall – ‘Ghana: A Portrait’ based on photographs by Max Milligan. A huge range of activities are planned, including workshops and events in association with the British Museum, Aduna, Africa Centre, Africa Beyond and Black Cultural Archives. The programme also promises official visits from the President, John A. Kufuor, and a talk from the son of Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President.


1. Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye

Social entrepreneur and founder of Mission Dine Club

2. Amma Asante

Actor and Bafta award winning director

3. Paul Boateng

British High Commissioner in South Africa and former MP

4. Justin Butah

First Black officer in The Life Guards

5. Dr Margaret Busby OBE

Publisher and founder of Allison & Busby

6. Dr Bernard Ribeiro CBE

President of the Royal College of Surgeons

7. Tutu Agyare

Global Head of Emerging European Markets at UBS

8. John Akomfrah

Film maker

9. Adjoa Andoh

Actor, best known for her role as Colette Griffiths in Casualty

10. Hugh Quarshie

Actor, best known for his role as Ric Griffin in Holby City

11. June Sarpong

TV Presenter

12. Freema Agyeman

Actor. Doctor Who’s latest assistant

13. Sway

Hip Hop artist. Mercury and MOBO winner

14. Dizzee Rascal

MC/rapper and producer

15. Ras Kwame


16. Reggie Yates

Actor and TV presenter

17. Lisa I’Anson


18. Rhian Benson


19. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey

Athlete. BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2005

20. Michael Essien

Footballer for Chelsea FC

21. Rachel Yankey OBE

Footballer for England and Arsenal

22. Anita Asante

Footballer for England and Arsenal

23. Bernard and Catherine Ampaw

Founders of OBE TV

24. Kanya King

Founder of the MOBO Awards

25. Henry Bonsu


26. George Twumasi

CEO of African Broadcast Network

27. David Dunkley-Gyimah

Video Journalist

28. Adam Afriyie MP

Conservative MP for Windsor

29. Eva Simpson

Gossip columnist. 3am Girl on The Mirror

30. Marilyn Heward-Mills


31. Baffour Ankomah

Editor of New African

32. Cameron Duodu

Journalist and author

33. Tetteh Kofi

Founder of New Nation newspaper

34. Godfried Donkor


35. Osibisa


36. Helen Teague

Fashion designer. Partner with Dawn French in Sixteen47

37. Joe Casely-Hayford

Fashion designer

38. Ozwald Boateng

Fashion designer

39. Becky Ayebia Clarke

Editor and publisher

40. Ekow Eshun

Director of the ICA

41. Dr Adotey Bing

Director of the Africa Centre

42. Augustus Casely-Hayford

Executive Director, Arts Strategy, Arts Council England

43. David Adjaye


44. Elsie Owusu

Architect, partner at Feilden + Mawson

45. Akyaaba Addai-Sebo

Founder of Black History Month

46. Sally Baffour

Founder of Thank U. Adoption promoter

47. Efua Dorkenoo OBE

Women’s health activist

48. Charles Abugre

Head of Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid

49. Doreen Adusei OBE

Founder and Creative Director of Fashionworks

50. Reverend Charles Buckman

Chairman of the Ghana Network

For further details on events, please contact Truda or Helen at Colman Getty : Truda@colmangetty.co.uk; Helenw@colmangetty.co.uk

Details will be available online in March at bbc.co.uk/africabeyond

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